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Dental Bridge

  • A dental bridge is a non-removable prosthesis used to replace one or more adjacent missing teeth.  It uses two crowned teeth (abutment teeth) attached to the fake tooth/teeth (pontic(s)) in between.

  • There are pros and cons to these, however, Dr. Dickinson will always give you the best options for replacing missing teeth.

  • The different materials used are the same as they are for dental crowns.

What does this procedure entail?

    1st Appointment:

  • Dr. Dickinson gives you a local anesthetic to numb the area (if the tooth is not root canalled – root canalled teeth have no feeling).

  • Dr. Dickinson prepares the teeth by filing down the teeth that need to be capped. He does, however, remove as little tooth structure as possible to try and keep the integrity and stability of the teeth.

  • A dental impression is taken of the teeth and sent away to our lab (Rotsaert Lab) in Canada. 

    2nd Appointment:

  • Approximately 3-4 weeks after the impression is taken, you will have the permanent bridge cemented.

  • Dr. Dickinson numbs the area (if needed) and removes the temporary bridge.

  • Dr. Dickinson prepares the teeth and permanently cements the bridge.

  • The bite is checked to make sure you are biting correctly.

  • Patients are instructed not to eat until the anesthetic has worn off!  You can bite your cheek(s) or tongue badly, burn your mouth or fracture teeth.  Dr. Dickinson asks that patients call our office immediately if they feel pain or feel like their bite is not correct.

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